Javier Tebas apologizes to Vinicius Jr and explains the problem
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The incident in which Vinicius Jr was racially insulted is still the main topic. However, additional noise was created by the replay by Javier Tebas, the main man of La Liga, in which he 'attacked' Vinicius Jr. In an interview with ESPN, Tebas emphasized that his message was not well understood.
His goal was completely different than what was interpreted in Brazil. “I always tell this to my entire work team. When people or an important part of them understand a message in a certain way, then they are right so I have to be sorry because I think my message was not understood, especially in Brazil," Tebas said, as quoted by eurosport.com
"So, I have to be sorry because I think my message and the intent with which I wrote it, an important part of it was not understood, especially in Brazil.
Because my intent was not to attack Vinicius, but rather to clarify that Vinicius just one month ago made a video supporting the actions of La Liga [against racism]."
Javier Tebas: I don't have the authority
Tebas emphasized that La Liga currently does not have the authority to remove racists from the crowd, but that the Federation is in charge in this matter.
We will see if this problem will be reduced in the near future. Spain started to pose a serious problem. “This season, racist insults have been reported nine times. Eight of them have been for insults against Vini. We always identify these maniacs and file a complaint with the relevant bodies.
It doesn't matter how few they are, we are always relentless," Tebas said. "The federation and La Liga are two different entities. We don't have the authority to expel people from the stadiums; they do. We would take action if we had more authority to sanction and punish offenders.
We would close the stadiums, ban the fans, but we only have responsibility from outside the stadium.
We have filed grievances about racism that ended in just fines. I hope that we can be given the authority to take action.
Because I think if we had the authority to take measures, we would end racism in the stadiums within months."